Fishing Report

     There are many species of fish to be found in the Muskingum River, and AEP’s ReCreation Land has 640 lakes and                 ponds filled with Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, and Croppy.

     Following is a detailed list of fish most common at each lock and dam along our stretch of the Muskingum River.

      LUKE CHUTE POOL (STOCKPORT TAILWATER), MORGAN CO.-6.1 MI. 381 AC.

      Bluegill- Fishing is best May through June. Bluegill will average 7 inches. Concentrate fishing efforts towards the pool. Fish woody cover, stream confluences, and weed beds.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Largemouth Bass- May through June seem to be the better months to fish. Fish will average 12 to 14 inches with the possibility of catching a 17-inch fish.  Anglers prefer baits such as crankbaits, rubber worms, spinner baits, and jigs. Try fishing along weed beds, submerged woody cover, docks, and log jams.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Spotted Bass- Fishing can be excellent at times. May through August are the better months to fish. Fish deep-water structure, log jams, docks, and weed beds. The Luke Chute pool has proven to be one of the best spots on the river for spotted bass. Fish will average 10 to 12 inches.  Favorable angling success can be achieved if you fish with deep diving crankbaits, jig/pig combinations, or rubber worms.  OUTLOOK- EXCELLENT

Crappie- April through early June are the better months to fish. Fishing is fair throughout this section. White crappie will average 10 to 11 inches, black crappie 9 to 11 inches. Fishing is best around heavy cover in still water. Try using small jigs and minnows.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Channel Catfish- Fishing is good in both the tailwater and the pool. May through August are the better months to fish. Catfish will average 12 to 13 inches with the opportunity of catching a 17-inch fish. Most anglers are successful using night crawlers and chicken livers.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

Flathead Catfish- Anglers are successful in both the tailwater and the pool.  May through August seem to be the better months to fish. Fish will average 12 to 18 inches.  Fishing is good at the tailwater, logjams, and deep holes. Anglers seeking to catch large fish have the best luck with live baits such as chubs and small sunfish.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

White Bass- Better fishing can be expected April through June. The best opportunity is at the          tailwater. Fish will average 8 to 10 inches with the possibility of a 14-inch fish. Most anglers are successful with rooster tail spinners, small crankbaits, and jigs.  OUTLOOK– FAIR

Sauger- The tailwater fishery can be good from April through July. Sauger will average 11 to 13 inches with the possibility of harvesting a 14-inch fish. Try fishing moderate current using twister tail jigs and minnows.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Saugeye-Chances of harvesting a saugeye are fair.  Fishing is best April through July and efforts      should be geared towards the tailwater. Fish will average 13 to 17 inches with the possibility of catching a 20-inch fish. Most anglers use crankbaits, twister tail jigs, and minnows.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

 STOCKPORT POOL (McCONNELSVILLE TAILWATER), MORGAN CO. 9.2 MI. 575 AC.

A new two-lane boat launch ramp has been constructed in the Stockport Pool approximately 1.25 miles downstream of McConnelsville on St. Rt. 376 adjacent to the Morgan County Fairgrounds.

Bluegill- The tailwater and the pool both yield good fishing possibilities from May to July.  Bluegill sunfish are averaging 7 inches. Try to fish still water along weed beds and submerged cover.  Baits such as red worms, wax worms, and small jigs work great.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

Largemouth Bass- The Stockport Pool offers fair bass fishing from April to July.  Fish will average 12 to 14 inches.  Try fishing near docks, stream confluences, bridge abutments, and weed beds. Favorite baits among anglers are spinner baits, crankbaits, rubber worms,    and surface plugs.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Spotted Bass-The pool and tailwater offer good fishing from April to August. However, in May and June, the pool offers more favorable spotted bass fishing.  Fish will average 10 to 12 inches with the possibility of catching a trophy fish. Most anglers will gear their efforts towards fishing docks, logjams, and deep cover. Baits such as rubber worms, small crankbaits, and spinners will yield good success.  OUTLOOK- EXCELLENT

Crappie- Both the pool and the tailwater offer fair fishing from April through May.  Black crappie will average 9 to 11 inches, white crappie 10 to 11 inches. Good places to fish are around tree stumps, log jams, and heavy submerged cover. Try using small jigs and minnows.  OUTLOOK-FAIR

Channel Catfish- May through August holds good fishing in this section of the river. Catfish will average 12 to 13 inches with the chance of harvesting a 20-inch fish. Experienced catfish anglers prefer using chicken livers and night crawlers as bait.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

Flathead Catfish- Fishing is good throughout the pool and tailwater. Fishing is best May through August. Flatheads will average 12 to 18 inches with the possibility of catching a trophy fish. Fishing is good around logjams, deep holes, or any submerged structure.  Most Flathead anglers prefer using live bait such as chubs and sunfish.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

White Bass- April through June are good months to fish. White bass are averaging 8 to 10 inches. Angling throughout this section is fair. Your fishing efforts should be focused at the tailwater or near stream confluences for best results. Good baits to use are small spinners, jigs, and small crankbaits. OUTLOOK- FAIR

Saugeye- April through June, and again in October are the better months to fish for saugeye.  Fish are averaging 13 to 17 inches. Fishing at the tailwater in the spring will give the angler their best opportunity of harvesting a fish. Experienced saugeye anglers like to use jigs tipped with minnows, twister tail jigs, and crankbaits.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

 McCONNELSVILLE POOL (ROKEBY TAILWATER), MORGAN, MUSKINGUM CO. 8 MI. 500 AC.

Bluegill- May through June are the better months to fish. Bluegill averaging 7 inches are being harvested. Fish near submerged structure, docks, and weed beds. Try using wax worms, red worms, and small jigs.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Largemouth Bass- Fishing in this section for largemouth bass is fair throughout. The pool will give the angler a better opportunity to catch fish. Fish near weed beds, submerged structure, docks, and bridge abutments. Fish are averaging 12 to 14 inches with the possibility of a 17-inch fish. Good baits to use are spinner baits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jigs in the spring.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Spotted Bass- May through August are the better months to fish. Fishing in the pool section is excellent. Fish deep-water structure, docks, weed beds, and bridge abutments areas for best results. Spotted bass will average 10 to 12 inches. Good baits include rubber worms, small crankbaits, spinners, and jigs.  OUTLOOK- EXCELLENT

Crappie- Crappie fishing is seasonally good. The better months are April and May. Black crappie will average 9 to 11 inches, white crappie 10 to 11 inches. Fishing is best around dense cover in slow moving to still water. Try using jigs and minnows.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Channel Catfish- The better months to fish are May through August. Fish will average 12 to 13 inches.  The pool will hold better opportunities for catching catfish but the tailwater is good also.  Try using night crawlers and chicken livers.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

Flathead Catfish- This section of the river holds good opportunities for flathead anglers.  Better months to fish are May through August.  Fish logjams, deep holes, and at the tailwater area for ambush regions and where bait fish would be concentrated. The average fish will be 12 to 18 inches.  Use live bait such as chubs and sunfish.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

White Bass- Fishing opportunities are better April through June, especially at the tailwater.  Fish will average 8 to 10 inches. If anglers choose to fish the pool section, they should concentrate on stream confluences and areas with moderate current. Try fishing with rooster tails, jigs, and small crankbaits.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Saugeye- Fishing opportunities will be best at the tailwater. The better months to fish are April         through June and again in October.  Fish will average 13 to 17 inches in length. Better baits to use are twister tail jigs, minnows, and crankbaits. OUTLOOK- GOOD

ROKEBY POOL (PHILO TAILWATER), MORGAN, MUSKINGUM CO. 10.9 MI. 681 AC.

Bluegill- May through July seems to be the better months to fish.  Efforts should be geared towards fishing the pool.  Anglers have been most successful fishing near weed beds and woody structure.  Try using wax  worms, red worms, and small jigs.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

Largemouth Bass- May through July are the better months to fish. Fish will average 12 to 14 inches.  Fish around docks, woody structure, and weed beds.  Good baits to use are rubber worms, spinner baits, and crankbaits.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Spotted Bass- Rokeby Pool offers great opportunities for the angler.  The better months are April through August, however July is the best month to fish the pool.  Fish will average 10 to 12 inches. Try fishing deep water, weed beds, and woody structure.  Good baits to use are rubber worms, small crankbaits, and spinners.  OUTLOOK- EXCELLENT

Crappie- The better months to crappie fish will be early April and May.  Black crappie will average 9 to 11 inches, white crappie 10 to 11.  Fishing is fair throughout the section but efforts should be geared towards woody cover in slow moving water. Try using jigs and minnows.  OUTLOOK- FAIR

Channel Catfish- Fishing is good throughout the section. May through August seem to be the better months for angler success. Try fishing near stream confluences and deep holes.  Fish will average 12 to 13 inches. Experienced catfish anglers use night crawlers and chicken livers for bait.  OUTLOOK- GOOD

Flathead Catfish- Fish June through August for best results, based on past angler surveys.  Fishing at the tailwater can be exceptional at times. Try fishing logjams and deep holes.  Fish will average 12 to 18 inches with the possibility of landing a 30-inch fish.  Live bait seems to work the best. Fish chubs and sunfish under a bobber for have resulted in some big “cats” for shoreline anglers. OUTLOOK- GOOD

Saugeye- April and May are the better months in the spring but they also bite well in October.  Fishing at the tailwater is better than in the pool. Fish will average 13 to 17 inches. Try using chartreuse twister tail jigs and minnows.  OUTLOOK– GOOD

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